Today's News

  • Independence man wins $100,000 in Virginia Lottery

    INDEPENDENCE — When David Caudill stopped at Grayson Express in Independence for a cup of coffee, it ended up being one heck of a coffee break.

    While he was there, the Independence man played the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game, and his ticket ended up winning the game’s $100,000 top prize.

    He matched all five numbers in the Sept. 7 day drawing. Those winning numbers were 4-7-8-28-32. When he later went online to check the numbers, he didn’t immediately realize he’d won.

  • Driver charged with manslaughter

    HILLSVILLE — A Hillsville woman has been charged with felony vehicular involuntary manslaughter following an accident that occurred in Carroll County in March. The crash resulted in the death of a woman from Meadows of Dan.

  • Traffic stop results in drug charge

    According to a Galax Police Department report, arrests last week included a Grayson County woman charged with a drug violation.

    Lori Jo Roten, 45, of Mouth of Wilson, was charged on Sept. 9 by Officer Darrin Alley for felony possession of Schedule I or II drugs.

  • Fries woman volunteers to raise money for playground

    FRIES — A Fries woman has volunteered to raise money for new playground equipment for the town park.

    Kim Mallory, a lifetime Fries resident, requested Fries Town Council’s permission to apply for grants and organize fundraisers to upgrade the existing playground’s equipment during council’s September meeting.

  • I-77 crash kills tractor-trailer driver

    HILLSVILLE – An accident on Interstate 77 involving four tractor-trailers claimed the life of a Florida man on Sept. 14. The accident occurred near the Poplar Camp exit in Carroll County.

    According to Trooper S.M. Phillips with the Virginia State Police, the accident was in the northbound lanes of I-77 at the 22.5 mile marker. Around 3:45 p.m., authorities were notified to the scene near the curve known locally as the “Tater Hole.”

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  • Carroll to raise water rates

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County Public Service Authority voted unanimously on Monday to allow proposed rate changes to water and sewer.

    The approved changes include a $4 per month increase to residential water rates and other changes to commercial and industrial water and sewer rates.

    During the authority’s regular September monthly meeting on Sept. 12, a public hearing on the proposed rate changes was held. Two citizens, Effie Thompson and Junior Vass, presented points to the board against the increase.

  • Prisoners facing drug charges


    INDEPENDENCE — Sealed indictments have been opened against five prisoners at River Ridge Correctional Center in Independence.

    A Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury returned the drug indictments, which were sealed, on July 22.

    Prisoners indicted included:

    • Gregory Griffin, 37, one count of conspiracy to deliver drugs to a prisoner (suboxone).

  • Fifteen years later, Twin Counties remember 9/11

    The Grover King VFW Post #1115 in Hillsville hosted a service on Sunday morning to remember the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

    Members from the Hillsville Police Department, Carroll County Sheriff’s Department and Hillsville and Galax volunteer fire departments attended, along with VFW members, ladies auxiliary members, family and friends to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the event. The HVFD Honor Guard assisted the VFW in the presentation of colors throughout the morning and breakfast was provided for those attending.

  • Ward, Manning exchange vows

    Tammy Ward and Mike Manning exchanged wedding vows Aug. 7 in front of their church congregation at New Beginnings Community Church in Cana, along with their family and friends.
    Tammy is originally from Grayson County and is the daughter of Barry and Barbara Triplett of Troutdale.

    She is employed as circulation manager at The Gazette.
    Mike is originally from Carroll County and is the son of the late H.R. and Rowena Manning.
    The couple resides in Floyd County.